9 BIG Methods to Pump Up Your Blog Comments

November 20, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

pump.jpgI keep coming back to the idea that image is everything in the online world and I’m going to revisit this concept again in today’s post – how to pump up your blog comments. If you have a relatively new blog, your main objective is to attract new readers and gain a steady stream of subscribers and visitors. First and foremost, you’re going to have to portray the right image. A lot of people scoff at new blogs and don’t give them a fighting chance, simply because they are new and unproven. How do you combat this? One way is to pump up your blog comments. New visitors on your site will see the large blog comment counts and be encouraged to join in on the discussion themselves. It really works so make sure you try all of the methods below. Blog comments, we are going to PUMP you up. Are you ready?

  1. Controversial or unique blog posts
    Don’t overdo it but writing posts that are controversial and stir up debate is a great way to encourage visitors to comment and voice their opinions on your blog. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain if you can back it up with some solid facts, evidence, and logic.
  2. Ask questions in your posts
    This seems like a simple idea but it works wonders. Asking questions gets readers to think and in most cases they will reply with some answers. How have you used questions in your blog posts to spur on discussion?
  3. Comment on other blogs
    It’s a give and take world, people. You give a little and you take a little. Find related blogs in your industry, read some of their posts, and write insightful and meaningful comments that add value. “Me too” comments are useless and do absolutely nothing so try to stay away from those. Commenting on other blogs is a great networking method and people will return the favor on your own blog.
  4. Link to your blog post on other blogs and forums and ask for feedback
    Comment on other blogs or post on forums with your link and explain why your post is important or beneficial. Then ask what they think about the post. In many cases, people will click through to your blog and give you honest feedback through comments.
  5. Top commentators plugin
    The top commentators plugin for WordPress displays the top commentators on your blog and links back to their sites. This provides link value for commenting so many people are willing to comment on blogs for this benefit alone.
  6. Comment exchanges
    Engage in comment exchanges with other people in your industry who may be interested. By working out such an arrangement, both parties benefit. The comments still need to be of high quality however.
  7. Comment contests
    People love contests and winning free stuff so make sure you use this to your advantage. Offer some great prizes and make commenting a big part of winning a contest. People may participate just because they want to win, but that doesn’t mean they won’t come back for more once it’s over.
  8. Fake comments
    I wouldn’t really recommend this tactic because it is deceiving and you may eventually be found out. If you’re desperate however, fake comments are a great way to portray that your blog is active and alive.
  9. Calls to action
    Sometimes if you want something, all you have to do is ask or guide your readers to a specific action. Ask people to comment on your blog, tell them, or command them – whatever style your prefer. I’d like to think that people are generally good and will help you out if you are interesting and helpful.

So there you have it. 9 techniques to PUMP up your blog comments and jump start your blog. Which of these techniques do you use most? Let me know what you think by commenting on this post!

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61 Responses to “9 BIG Methods to Pump Up Your Blog Comments”

Thomas Sinfield on November 20th, 2007

Great post. I have found controversial posts to be my best source of comments!

 
Gyutae Park on November 20th, 2007

Thomas,
Thanks for the comment. You’re right, I really enjoyed your controversial post you wrote here: http://www.thomassinfield.com/blogging/5-reasons-why-you-will-fail-at- blogging It got you a lot of comments too. Nice job.

 
Disdain on November 21st, 2007

You’ve laid out some good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

 
prija on November 21st, 2007

I totally agree. Comments are the lifelines of blogs. I remember I boasted over 300 comments in one month on my first blog.. CashforComments.com My tactic.. I was giving free reviews for 5 comments. I mean I was busy giving over 30 reviews a month.. Yet it was really active. But being a Newbie I gain recognition fast.

fyi. you are on the Blogger Rookie of the year. you might want to blog about it to gain more votes. Cheers.

 
Web Design in Canada on November 21st, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

You forgot a big one. Get rid of nofollow tags, or give them an aging delay before they become full strength links. Several blogs have started to do this, and I try to comment on them more then nofollow blogs :)

 
Gyutae Park on November 21st, 2007

@prija
That’s a great idea. I actually have a blog audit contest here on Winning the Web but I may change it so people can win if they fulfill a commenting/linking quota rather than doing a random drawing. As for the rookie of the year, is your last movie spot going to go to the winner of that?

@Web Design in Canada
That’s a good idea too but much more susceptible to abuse. The last thing I want to do is manage all of the comments that come in and delete spam, especially as my blogs continue to grow.

 
Michael on November 21st, 2007

I often comment on other blogs. Not for the link, but to provide my thoughts. I find this is also a great way to network with other bloggers that may not have seen my blog yet.

Michael

 
Web Design in Canada on November 21st, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

@Gyutae Park
Thats why you have the 3 – 4 month delay. Still gives a time for moderation before any link juice is passed :)

 
Alex @ Web 2.0 WordPress Guide on November 23rd, 2007

Here is another great tip to add:

Use “CommentLuv” plugin that pulls latest post of the commentor and adds headline with full SEO link under his post.

Did wonders to my blog ;)

Alex

 
Brian on November 24th, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

Hey,

Just found your blog from a post on DPoint. I totally agree with the give & take thing.

Although it’s time consuming, I’m having a blast reading posts and leaving the odd comment here or there.

The added benefit of commenting is that you get to read a lot of interesting stuff.

Cheers,
brian

 
Gyutae Park on November 24th, 2007

@Alex
I’ve never heard of that plugin before. Is it the same as Recent Comments except that it links to the commentator’s site?

@Brian
Thanks for stopping by and reading the blog. I’ve also had a blast visiting blogs, commenting, and making connections. Good luck!

 
eurica on December 1st, 2007

Good tips you gave. I happen to like to go blog hopping on my own. Interesting the friends you can pick up. So without thinking I have been going around and picked up some comments in return. I always return a comment after a visit from somebody. I agree that the “nice blog, visit my blog at ” does not seem worth a visit, but I have found some good blogs and contacts there too.
I do not like the last tip you added. I will see it as a warning, even if it never entered my mind to be dishonest (so unnecessary)I will keep in mind that the blog with a long list of comments might not be genuine.

 
Gyutae Park on December 2nd, 2007

@eurica
Thanks for the feedback. Obviously fake comments are deceiving and are not the best case scenario. If your reputation is important to you, then it’s definitely something to stay away from. I’ve personally never done anything like that but I wanted to include it on the list because I know that some people do it and it works for them.

 
manish on December 5th, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

i newer in blogig and this post help to improve myself thanks. it is great post to me

 
dicky on December 5th, 2007

Thanks for the info. I am new in blogging and are searching method to pump up my blog comments. Thanks again!

 
pony on December 8th, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

I think I saw somewhere that someone is hiring out an ‘army of commentors’, things look like they might be heating up on that front – pay per comment anyone?

 
Jerlene on December 9th, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

Controvery is what one of my blogs are all about. It definitely brings in a lot of debate/comments. I usually get people to comment by asking questions. It works like a charm.
I don’t really like to comment on other blogs unless they’re big ones and have the “Top Commentators” MOD installed. Otherwise, what’s the use?

 
Brandie on December 10th, 2007

thanks for the suggestions! I think all of these are great! I’ll try them (except the fake comments one lol)

 
Haittersinign on December 12th, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

Hi! I can’t post messagte here…
:-(
google

 
Jerlene on December 18th, 2007

I think I’m going to offer a John Chow review to get some comments.
It’s working out brilliantly for you.

 
David Hong on January 4th, 2008

thanks for the “Top Commentator” plugin. I just downloaded and am going to use it on my blog. Not so sure commenting on other blogs can increase your comments. I’m just gonna have to try and find out.

 
SmearryKeelty on January 8th, 2008

Exciting website. Thank you.
Top earring links!

 
Life is Colourful on January 15th, 2008

Well, this Top Commentator Widget really worked for me. But more than that, the DoFollow announcement started pouring the comments in.

 
Irish on February 6th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Nice post! All points are really good and useful, except no. 8&9 sound so desperate :)…Anyway, I always interested to comment on unique posting. So, I think the true comments are mostly depend on the post quality.

Gyutae Park on February 7th, 2008

I agree that content is always first. If you don’t have anything worth responding to, then no promotional activity will help to get comments.

 
 
 
Jay Francis Hunter on March 9th, 2008

Love the top commentator widget.

You could also award the top commentator every month with a shout out in a post.

 
Crystal on March 15th, 2008

I’m especially fond of #5, thanks for pointing it out!

 
Carol Ann Wiley on March 16th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I agree with Eurica above; I too love to go blog hopping on my own. It makes me feel like being on a road trip traveling back blog roads and see what is at the next link turn. I often realize that without a map though that I end up somewhere lost in reading someones blog and I have no idea how I got there and how to get back to that work I was supposed to do. But, oh what interesting people you meet along the way to say nothing of the things you learn as well. Thanks for the tips for pumping up your own blog comments; mine could definitely use some pumping up.

 
Meethere on March 17th, 2008

That basically covers all ways to increase comment count.

You can add paid comment services. lol :D

 
Irish on April 3rd, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Now I agree that contest work very well to pump up comment…I see it in your blog. Amazing!

 
Our Monmouth on April 17th, 2008

I also like to use Comment Relish to encourage a second visit. Basically it sends a email to commentors thanking them for their comment and inviting them back. Brilliant.

 
Dr. Teeth on April 17th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

lol, i really like the image you have used in this post; pumping up ;-)

 
Dr. Teeth on July 17th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Thanks for the wonderful tips dude, i have always followed your blog and came out with a contest: http://www.dentalblogging.com/its-dr-teeths-birthday-get-ready-for-a-b ash/

 
Blog for Beginners on July 19th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I’m surprised that you did mention about fake comments, something I guess I wouldn’t have seen anywhere on other blogs. Though I will stay away from such practice, the idea does make sense actually.

Yan

 
acomplia on July 22nd, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email
 
People You'll See In Hell on September 10th, 2008

Controversial content, or content that the readership agrees with but has a strong opinion about, is what has worked for People You’ll See In Hell.

 
Danny Cooper on September 19th, 2008

I agree completely with all of your methods, comment contests seem to be the fastest way, but also very short term.

 
online money buzz on September 30th, 2008

This is a very good post. I am trying to rack up more comments too. I have noticed a rise in comments after using some of the methods discussed in this post. I like the idea of contests and havent yet implemented it yet. Will try it out.

 
Eva White on October 14th, 2008

If u ask a question towards the end you are more likely to get a comment.
Plus yes the top c wigit helps. One always gets a kick to see ur name on the website of another person.
Not to mention the joys of backlinking.

Gyutae Park on October 15th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Questions work extremely well in encouraging comments. If a reader connects with your message, you’re more likely to get a response if you ask for it.

 
 
JR @ Verizon Ringtones on October 19th, 2008

I use the ask questions on my blog at the end of the post and it works great, spurs great discussions! Great blog here, just joined!!

 
Marian Mooney on November 12th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

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Whateverebay on November 14th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

great outline, key to generating comments. Thanks for the link the Plug in :)

 
Tom Lindstrom on November 27th, 2008

Good post.I use blog commenting a lot, it´s a fantastic way to build links and traffic to your blog.However, it´s important to post useful and constructive comments.If you post a good comment, people will want to check out your blog to learn more about what you have to say.Do follow, or no follow, it does not matter.

 
Diana Freedman on December 10th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

This is such a helpful post. I’m fairly new at blogging (my blog is less than a month old), so I’m still trying to figure out how to get an increase traffic and participation on my blog.

I’m very tempted to host a contest on my blog, but I’m hesitant because when I see OTHER bloggers hosting contests, I think “Hah, what a ploy to get traffic…” I want my blog to get big because of the content. But I suppose if the contest is relevant, it could be a good strategy.

 
Cheap Mobile Calls on December 12th, 2008

Top Commentators always seems to work well. Thanks for the advice about how to get some more posts. Activity is always a problem with newer blogs. Seems like you helped a lot of people out there!

 
Bill Quimby on December 22nd, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

One more method of increasing comments which is similar to your 8th one but different is to add questions you get via email to your website and then post your answer as a response. My website is a blog, although it’s very customized and doesn’t look like a blog so most people don’t end up reading it one post at a time and don’t see the option to comment.

This means each question you answer can be two comments, their comment and your response. You have to adjust the time so it doesn’t look like you answered it in less than a minute. I use IE for my comments and Firefox for theirs so I don’t have to log in.

Their links are also live if they make two comments, although I don’t include their website for comments I add so they don’t count. But people that know what they’re doing and add relevant comments can very easily get a live link to their website. It hasn’t generated that much spam for us.

Bill Quimby

 
Travel China Blog on February 7th, 2009 Subscribed to comments via email

Strangely “Comment exchange” never came to my mind until I read this post, it sounds good for both link building and making fiends with other bloggers.

 
Jhangora on February 8th, 2009

Thanx a lot again. I post a lot on other blogs but so far only about half of my blog posts have comments. I want to have comments on all of my posts. Would definitely try these steps to increase comments on my blog.

Keep up the good work.

 
Scotty on February 14th, 2010 Subscribed to comments via email

I thought fake commenting was stupid and deceptive, but it actually is a good way to inspire commentors haha. Just doing what’s popular :D

 
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